DAVAO City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles is no longer joining the senatorial race in 2019.
In a statement, Nograles said he will rather support the senatorial bids of fellow Mindanaoans in the administration slate.
Nograles is not included in the common list of senatorial candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago and Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
“I am grateful for the support of all the groups and individuals who encouraged me to run for a Senate seat in 2019,” Nograles said.
”However, after much introspection and after consulting members of my family, I believe that I would be able to better serve the Administration of President Rodrigo Duterte by supporting the candidacies of fellow Mindanaoans who share my desire to bring development to the regions and uplift the welfare of our kapwa probinsyanos,” he added.
Among the candidates Nograles said he would campaign for are PDP-Laban President Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, Bureau of Corrections Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, and other senatorial hopefuls from Mindanao.
Nograles stressed that despite his father’s rivalry with the President, his family had pledged in 2015 to support President Duterte.
”We supported the President in 2015 because we believed then—as we continue to believe now—that a Mindanaoan was needed in Malacañang,” he said.